Continuing Professional Development

Notarial Practice Course

The UCL Laws Notarial Practice course is designed to enable legally qualified applicants to fulfil the professional stage of these training requirements. The course is delivered by distance-learning and workshops over two years.

Applicants to the programme should already be in receipt of or have made an application for their Certificate of Exemption from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which appoints new Notaries, regulates the notarial profession in England and Wales.

All prospective notaries must satisfy training requirements in accordance with the Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2013, issued by the Faculty Office.

Information about Notaries, including a full information pack on the qualification requirements, appointment procedures and the application form for the Certificate of Exemption from the academic stage of qualification required prior to enrolment on the postgraduate stage of training, is available from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury website.

Course Structure

The course is normally completed within two years on a part-time basis, starting in late September of each year, and includes three modules of study:

Year 1 – September to December

Roman Law as an Introduction to Modern Civil Law Systems (“Roman Law”)

Year 1 – January to March

Private International Law

Year 2 – September to March

Notarial Practice


The majority of the course is delivered through electronic learning, which allows you to study at home or in the workplace. Your learning is also supported by an introductory workshop and four intensive one-day workshops over the two years of the course. These workshops are held on Saturdays at UCL Laws.

Throughout the course, you will have access to UCL’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), where you can find information about your weekly learning schedules, written assignments, interactive activities, and links to recommended reading and other study materials held on within UCL’s digital library collections.

We estimate that the time commitment to studying for this course is around 10-12 hours per week.

You will be assessed by written examinations, taken at the end of each module.

Course Open Day
The next Notarial Practice Course Open Day will be in February 2018

Watch the presentations from the February 2017 Notarial Practice Open Day.


Applying and fees

Download the 2018-20 Course Brochure and Application Form

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form and return with evidence of your English language proficiency (if applicable), and Certificate of Exemption from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury to:

Lisa Penfold
Events & CPD Manager
UCL Laws
Bidborough House, 38-50 Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9BT

If you have any questions or queries about this course, please email UCL Laws Events & CPD Manager, Lisa Penfold.